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Suspected 'Button-Down Bandit' Arrested in Montclair

Booking photo of David Michael Younger, 49, of Corona, released by Redlands police Dec. 11, 2013.
Booking photo of David Michael Younger, 49, of Corona, released by Redlands police Dec. 11, 2013.
A suspect believed to be the so-called "Button-down Bandit" responsible for a recent string of bank robberies was arrested Wednesday in Montclair, a Redlands police spokesman said.

The arrested man was identified as David Michael Younger, 49, of Corona, and he was taken into custody Wednesday Dec. 11 in Montclair, two days after the Pacific Western Bank in Redlands was robbed, city spokesman Carl Baker said in a statement.

According to Baker, a white man "described as being in his 40s with sandy blond hair, wearing a buttoned, collared shirt and blue jeans" went into the Pacific Western Bank branch at 218 E. State St., shortly after 12:30 p.m. Dec. 9, and passed a note to the teller demanding cash.

"He left the bank with the money," Baker said. "Witnesses said he fled in a silver Mercedes SUV. Witnesses provided police with a license plate number that was traced to a Hertz rental car agency and linked to Younger."

On Wednesday, Redlands police and Montclair police tried to contact Younger at a residence in Montclair, Baker said.

"Younger saw police at the residence as he approached in his vehicle and a pursuit ensued with Redlands and Montclair police," Baker said. "The pursuit ended at San Antonio Avenue and La Deney Street in Montclair where Younger was taken into custody."

The Button-down Bandit is suspected in five other bank robberies since Nov. 15 in Corona, Riverside, La Quinta, Seal Beach and Yorba Linda. Baker said Younger was given the nickname for button-down shirts he usually wore during the alleged robberies.

Anyone with more info was urged to call Detective Chad Mayfield at (909) 798-7671 or Redlands Police Dispatch at (909) 798-7681.
Brenda December 11, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Well, well, well, and average white guy definately OVER 40 and a perfect description would be sporting a "high and tight" military hair cut and either is current or previously been with military or a police department. This is the look he sports with the Button up Shirt. I would imagine the button up covers up a scar, tattoo, or chest hair.? Incrediable how every once in a while we get an average to upper class guy who goes on a crime spree or commits crimes. So strange to have the article pop up and its not either a drugged out guy of any age or nationality, or black or hispanic. Right? I have learned to never assume especially when most child molesters look like hot hot guys, school teachers, or doctors. Wonder what he needed the money for? Hope there is a follow up article on him. IF he could not find work and it actually was for food, house payments or something, or he does indeed have a drug problem.
Zachary Edmundson December 12, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Most child molesters look like "hot hot guys?"
Brenda December 12, 2013 at 03:52 PM
LOL Zach, there is a coma there after that including more "looks" you would not suspect of being a child molester. I had once been allowed into the prisoner area (if you want to call it that) in Atascadero State Hospital, now used for prisoning child molesters away from general population who will oft them. There was literally maybe 2 that could have had a ewwww "scary look" to them. Otherwise they could be your next door neighbor, anyone. It just makes it more important that we warn our children that molesters can look or be anyone, or be dressed like anyone, but at the same time try to find that happy medium where they are not scared to even go outside. Its a sad time when our children are at such risk for harm.


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